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Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

I have a Canadian licence due to expire in May 2008.
When I go in and convert the licence for a Swiss one, will the Swiss licence be valid up to May 2008 or longer???

Is it true that Canadian, American and Japanese drivers licence holders can simply go and exchange their licence without taking a road test?
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Old 27.09.2007, 23:07
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

You should be able to take it in and get it changed no problem, no testing. If you already have an international license, take it, it'll help prove that you know the differences in the road signs from there to here.
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

Do you know if it will be issued for only up to the validity date of my Canadian licence? I was told I cannot renew my Canadian from outside of Canada.
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

All the information you need is in this thread.

[Drivers licence] Conversion and questions
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Do you know if it will be issued for only up to the validity date of my Canadian licence? I was told I cannot renew my Canadian from outside of Canada.
I don't see how you can renew your CDN license form outside of Canada.
If you are in Canada, get it redone, if you are in CH, call the embassy in Bern.
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

Certainly read the thread that gooner linked to, lots of info there. My wife and I converted Canadian licenses to Swiss last year. It was very straightforward, no questions asked regarding whether we had studied the differences between the driving laws - although I suggest that you do take a look at a Swiss driver's handbook because there are a few quirks. As for validity, the Swiss license doesn't have an expiry date! This caused minor confusion when we rented a car in England this year: they needed to enter a license expiry date on their form, but since they could not find one on our license they decided to put down a date 10 years after the date it was issued.

The only other thing that the authority wanted when we switched our license was proof of when we had first obtained our Canadian licenses. This date should appear on the Swiss license and it affects the cost of your insurance. We didn't have this, so on they just wrote the date when our current Canadian licenses were issued. This was fine with us because we only use the licenses when renting a car, but if you own a car then you may want proof of having driven for a certain number of years in order to decrease your insurance.
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I don't see how you can renew your CDN license form outside of Canada.
If you are in Canada, get it redone, if you are in CH, call the embassy in Bern.

Problem is you can only renew it within 6 months of expiration and I am moving to Switzerland next week. I cannot renew it now. Hopefully it can be done throught the Embassy in Bern.
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I have a Canadian licence due to expire in May 2008.
When I go in and convert the licence for a Swiss one, will the Swiss licence be valid up to May 2008 or longer???

Is it true that Canadian, American and Japanese drivers licence holders can simply go and exchange their licence without taking a road test?
It's simple to get a Swiss drive licnese. I got my license about one moneth ago. I have a Canadian one which same as yours, will be expire in May 2008. I check the STVA web in my Kanton, and droped email to ask how to get Swiss Driver license. A lady replied me and sent the form by email. I filled up the form (in German, but I asked my coworker help to translate), went to the optician in town to get the eye check stamp (cost about 15CHF). Then mailed the form, 1 recenet photo, and my original Canadian driver license to STVA. Couple days later, I received my Swiss driver license, and my Canadian DL was returned back with same envelop. Later I received a bill of 85CHF from STVA, I paid it then.
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<snip> I filled up the form (in German, but I asked my coworker help to translate), went to the optician in town to get the eye check stamp (cost about 15CHF). Then mailed the form, 1 recenet photo, and my original Canadian driver license to STVA. Couple days later, I received my Swiss driver license, and my Canadian DL was returned back with same envelop. Later I received a bill of 85CHF from STVA, I paid it then.
Right, I forgot about the eye test, which took a few minutes to do and cost about 20 CHF. I think we paid 65 CHF for each license here in canton Vaud.
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

A) some places do the eye test for free,
B) you used to be able to exchange your license through the embassy, this should still be possible however you will recieve a new card without a photo, to be used only together with the old card.
C) Swiss license is issued without an expiry. However as mentioned it will be issued with the card issue date on your current license. To avoid this get a "certified letter" from your DMV stating when your license was issued, should cost about 10-15 CDN and you can have it sent to either your Canadian or Swiss address. Submit that with the card when you exchange licence.

Couple of things to keep in mind,
You will most likely get your canadian license back with a not valid in Switzerland sticker.
As a Canadian, in Canada you are theoretically only allowed to be in possesion of 1 licencse at a time. This means you should give your Swiss licence to the DMV and use the Canadian one when in Canada, however when you leave Canada they will want the Canadian one back before returning you the Swiss one. Of course in practice most people don't tell them anything and keep both, but if you drive on the swiss one there, you may have a long chat with whoever pulled you over. Some people who show up at the canadian DMV with a stickered licence for a new card simply tell whoever that they gave the other one back to the swiss DMV when leaving (if they asked), these stickers have the tendency to suggest to some people that you got banned from driving in Switzerland you may want to watch out for that if dealing with an insurer in Canada.

You are allowed to drive on a foreign licence in Canada for up to 3 months or 3 weeks depending on the country of issue and type of license.

It may be worthwhile to exchange the canadian card first and than exchange the new one for a swiss licensce if you have the time, I dont know how they treat licences at the embassy if they have a stickered
The date of issue of a license can make a huge difference in insurance rates. so remember to get the letter!
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

... and YES there is no test necessary if you exchange your licence within 12 months form coming to Switzerland, after that ...
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

Hi,

Just wondering if this information is still current... has anyone exchanged a Canadian license for a swiss one lately? Can one still expect to get the Canadian license back (peelable sticker and all), or is it returned to Canada?
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

I have been here in switzerland for three years!
Can I still change my driver licence without a test?!

Can some one please let me know
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I have been here in switzerland for three years!
Can I still change my driver licence without a test?!

Can some one please let me know
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No, you can't; you're 2 yrs late.
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Hi,

Just wondering if this information is still current... has anyone exchanged a Canadian license for a swiss one lately? Can one still expect to get the Canadian license back (peelable sticker and all), or is it returned to Canada?
Yes it is. You are supposed to change your license within the first 12 months. When you do it, you need to have pictures with you to give them (just go to one of those photo booths). There is a form that you have to have filled out and I also think you have to go get your eyes checked (any store that sells glasses can do this test). When you go in, they will take your CDN license along with the form, but this will be sent back to you with the Swiss one. Mine had a sticker and a stamp on it, which is easy to remove, but not really necessary since the Swiss one is accepted everywhere I've been anyway, including Canada.
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

Should be noted:

Canton Schwyz refused to return my Canadian license (even though every other canton I've dealt with seems very confused by this) and refused to issue a class A motorcycle license. The reasons given seem to vary, but bottom line was that in any canton aside from Schwyz it should be no problem.
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

Just to update this thread for others in my position... I just got my license today, a few months after the one year limit - no problem. This was in canton Vaud.

The process involves getting an eye exam at the optician of your choice (cost me 20 CHF), then confirming your identity at the commune where you're registered (12 CHF), and finally submitting it all at the drivers registration office. There are 4-5 of these in Vaud, the one in Lausanne is in the Blecherette area of the city.

I did not have to give them my drivers license, though I did give them a copy of it... that seemed to be enough. I also gave them a copy of my Ontario driving record (12 CAD from the Ontario ministry of transportation), a photograph,.. and voila, swiss license!

They don't even mail it out to you.. you get it as soon as you submit everything, at Blecherette itself. Fairly straight forward process once you jump through all the hoops.
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

There's some conflicting information in this thread, so I'd advise you to always go with the most extreme/safe option if you can.

1. Time period you have to exchange is one year from arrival. Whilst some may have managed to get their new license without a test after this time, I know of those who have been denied. Don't risk it; get it done within the year.

2. Canadian licenses (or this may be province dependent) don't show how long you've been driving. Get a driving record to prove it and ensure it's stamped and dated. If you don't provide this, they could think you've only been driving for a few months, for instance, and you will be denied.

3. Get your eye test done here. I did mine in Canada and then used the results to fill out the relevant section since it's in German. They provided the signature. Clearly, it can work but I'd say don't risk it and do it locally instead.

I received my new license around six months ago and my Canadian one was returned with a "not valid in Switzerland" sticker on it.
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

Also, if you are a very rare person who still has your original drivers license test results paper, they accept that as well when dating the Swiss license (in Lausanne, my old test was in English).
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Re: Converting a Canadian Drivers licence?

Yes, my experience has not matched some people's here, so better to check early in your specific canton.

I was told I had a year or would need to re-do everything (including the road exam). I brought a photo, the form, an eye exam, and my license. They took it all and will mail them back to me (I think it takes about a month). I didn't need to have a record, but rather remember the year that I passed the exam in Canada. I've received the bill, but not the license yet.

Also useful if you have a motorcycle license in Canada to point this out clearly to the staff person taking your info, and clarify it's for the "big" motorcycles (not scooters). In Alberta they put class 5 and 6 next to each other, which ends up looking like class 56.
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